Glitches cause minor setback in plant rehaul

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Minor glitches delayed work on the town’s wastewater treatment plant, according to town officials.

Engineers are clearing up minor errors including an extremely-low, eye-catching bid submitted by a contractor who failed to add the firm’s profit margin.

“There are no big issues, but we knew something was wrong with that bid,” said Jammie Royall, interim town manager.

Work is slated to begin on the $5.5 million project that involves two parts: removal of a 300-acre tree farm and extensive miles of underground drip line, and replacement/repair of high tech pieces of equipment and pumps inside the plant.

The tree farm will be replaced with a Bermuda grass crop.

Royall said the work should begin in January 2021 and take approximately a year to complete.

Town leaders hope the project will list a state-mandated moratorium at the plant and eliminate sewage spills that have plagued the area for years.

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